MWP (Michael Wiese Productions) is the world’s leading publisher of books on screenwriting and filmmaking.
(Michael Wiese is also known as a producer and director of films.)
Our publishing business began in 1981 when Michael Wiese wrote and published the first book in what is now a line of over 130 books.
We Turn Outsiders…into Insiders.
Our goal is to provide information and inspiration on all aspects of filmmaking to students, emerging filmmakers and professionals through the brightest minds in the creative community.
Our authors and consultants come from the hard-knock school of production as well as America’s esteemed film schools. They know what they are talking about because they write screenplays, they direct and they produce. They understand all elements of the moving picture. Some are working directors, cinematographers, editors, commercial and corporate producers, animators, film professors, screenplay writers, DVD producers, special effects supervisors, mythologists, psychologists, writing gurus, sound designers, script format software designers and game creators.
MWP authors have directed, edited, consulted on the script development or made major contributions to Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Rumble in the Bronx, The Lion King, Fight Club, Beauty and the Beast, War Games, Stakeout, Bird on a Wire, Romancing the Stone, Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, The Graduate, Cool Hand Luke, Chinatown and many others.
MWP authors write for the New York Times, Variety, Wired, Premiere, the Houston Examiner, Film Threat and Scr(i)pt Magazine.
MWP authors teach at UCLA, USC, The American Film Institute, The New School, San Francisco State and at schools around the world.
MWP authors have won countless nominations and awards, including Emmys®, Oscars® and Director’s Guild Awards. They’ve worked in all the Hollywood studios, in commercial and independent production companies and in post-production houses throughout the U. S. Their work includes studio and independent feature films, network television, digital movies, music videos and documentaries.
Collectively, they’ve written hundreds of produced TV scripts, screenplays and sold dozens — including two million dollar script sales to Steven Spielberg and Disney
While it’s one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets, many top writers, directors and producers study with our authors to gain that competitive edge. They know that there is always more to learn, always another skill to sharpen. So, if you attend a workshop or seminar with an MWP author, you may find yourself sitting next to someone with major credits who is there to learn more.
MWP authors have trained thousands of professionals through their seminars and workshops in the U.S. and throughout the world including Japan, Germany, Spain, England, Indonesia, Finland, Poland, Ireland, France and Italy. Their books are used in over 600 film courses worldwide.
Our film business includes the recent release The Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas and the classic parody Hardware Wars. We are also in pre-production of a feature film titled Bali Brothers.